Civil Service Commission


The Civil Service Commission creates and administers the rules and regulations for personnel administration in the County Sheriff's Office. The Commission shall do practical testing for persons to determine the capacity to perform duties that a person may be appointed to perform. The Commission shall investigate, report on, and hold hearings on all matters regarding the administration of personnel. They shall determine appeals or complaints respecting the allocation of personnel positions.


Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m.  Meetings are held in person in the Human Resources Conference Room, Suite 107, County Courthouse.  Zoom link available for remote participation.

2023 Upcoming Meeting Dates (2nd Thursday of every month; 10:30 a.m.) 

  • February 9, 2023, 10:30 am
  • March 9, 2023, 10:30 am
  • April 13, 2023, 10:30 am (canceled)
  • May 11, 2023, 10:30 am  (canceled)
  • June 8, 2023, 10:30 am
  • July 13, 2023,  10:30 am
  • August 10, 2023,  10:30 am  (canceled)
  • September 14, 2023  10:30 am
  • October 12, 2023   10:30 am


If you wish to attend remotely, please join the Civil Service meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone using the link below: 

Meeting ID: 930 2612 5262
Passcode: 675736

Agendas are available prior to meetings.  Minutes are available following approval.

View most recent Agenda and Minutes


The Civil Service Commission has 3 members:

  • Bart Miller, Chair
  • Grant Fishbook, Vice-Chair
  • Russell Baird Tewksbury

The Civil Service Commission is open to any person who has resided in Whatcom County for at least 2 years immediately preceding appointment. Must be a United States citizen and registered to vote. Cannot hold any salaried public office or engage in county employment while serving as a Civil Service Commissioner. 

Term Limit

  • 2 consecutive full terms

Term Length

  • 6 years